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Being Grateful – Henri Nouwen

Being Grateful. I am being grateful to you all today. Let’s give thanks to God today and everyday. Check out this post about the powerful practice of gratitude.

Being grateful was a spiritual discipline one of my favorite authors, Henri Nouwen, wrote about. Besides turkey, chew and digest these words today:

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work.

Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say “thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment.

As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.

Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.

Henri Nouwen

 Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the U.S. celebrating today. I know some of you are from other places and have different dates for Thanksgiving but each day can be a day of thanks if we just pay attention to all the gifts God gives us. 

How are you being grateful today? 

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